Something is very wrong in the America’s food safety apparatus. In recent weeks, numerous pet food companies have issued recalls for products containing Salmonella, Listeria and even Pentobarbital, a drug used almost exclusively to euthanize dogs, cats and horses. Not only can these contaminants result in your pet contracting a serious illness, possibly even a fatal one, and in some cases they can lead to serious harm for anyone improperly handling the tainted products.
Last year, Blue Buffalo Company, WellPet LLC and Smallbatch Pets Inc. all issued recalls for food. But so far in 2018, we've seen double the number of recalls in just two months time. Here's a snapshot of the FDA's pet product recall page ...
What jumps out from the list of recalls is the high number of raw foods which have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, not only in the US, but around the world. Unfortunately, by their very nature, raw foods carry an exceptionally high risk of bacterial contamination.
THE DANGERS OF RAW FOODS
In fact, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal by a team of veterinary scientists from The Netherlands cited the dangers associated with feeding raw foods to companion animals. In a broad sampling of raw-food products, investigators found a startling amount of bacteria and parasite contamination. Numerous products contained Salmonella, Listeria, E coli, Toxoplasma gondii or other harmful contaminants that not only pose risks to dogs and cats, but also to the pet parents serving the foods. In the study's summation, researchers did not hold back in their conclusions, saying, "Cats and dogs that eat raw meat diets are also more likely to become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals on conventional diets, which could pose a serious risk to both animal health and public health."
One company, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural, has initiated four recalls since 2016 after receiving multiple complaints from consumers. The FDA and the State of Washington are conducting separate investigations, due to the repeat nature of contaminants and the number of consumers affected. A number of dogs have been gravely sickened and one cat has died as a result of eating these products.
Another company, Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, GA, has recalled its frozen “Kitten Grind” raw pet food after reports surfaced of the death of two kittens from Salmonella septicemia, also referred to as blood poisoning. The FDA has launched an investigation, which has already uncovered the presence of both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in samples of Blue Ridge Beef products.
And these are just two of the raw food producers that have issued recalls. The products recalled are too numerous to include in this post, but we encourage readers to visit the FDA site for full details (link provided below).
EUTHANASIA DRUG DISCOVERED IN CANNED DOG FOOD
On February 8th, ABC 7 News (a D.C. affiliate) published a story about their investigation of the actual ingredients of dozens of canned dog food brands. What they found was genuinely disturbing. In all, 31 different foods tested positive for Pentobarbital. Most of the foods were produced by one company ... The J.M. Smucker Co., which markets Gravy Train, Kibbles & Bits and numerous other brands. The company first denied the reports, then issued a "withdrawal notice" asking customers to return defective products, but it wasn't until the FDA launched an investigation that the company finally issued a recall. A recent statement filed by Smucker's seemed to attempt to establish a causal connection between use of Pentobarbital and beef fat, but since this euthanasia drug is almost never used in the slaughter of cattle, consumers are left with more questions than answers. Here's a list of the products believed to be tainted by the euthanasia drug.
Consumption of a pentobarbital-laced food can cause dogs to suffer drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, inability to stand, nystagmus (jerking movement of the eyes), even coma or death. Needless to say, if you believe your pet is suffering from such problems, please contact your veterinarian right away.
A Class Action lawsuit has been brought against Big Heart Brands, a subsidiary of Smuckers. To learn more about the Class Action, we encourage you to visit the link provided in the citations below, especially if your dog has consumed any of the recalled products.
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Citations Worth Checking Out:
The FDA encourages anyone with concerns or complaints about the safety of specific pet foods to file a report.